Real Name:
James Dewitt Yancey
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Born: 7 February 1974.
Died: 10 February 2006.

US hip-hop producer, and DJ. Brother of Illa J.

James Dewitt Yancey, better known by his stage name J Dilla or Jay Dee, was an American record producer who emerged from the mid-1990s underground hip-hop scene in Detroit, Michigan.

He began his career as a member of the group Slum Village, and made his name with Common, A Tribe Called Quest, and as Jaylib in which he collaborated with Madlib. He was also a member of the production team trio The Ummah with Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad.

He started his career under the name Jay Dee (based on his initials) but used the name J Dilla from 2001 onward. Many critics believe his work to have had a major influence on his peers and that he embodied the neo-soul sound, playing a defining yet understated role during the sub-genre's rise (roughly from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s). LA-based producer and MC, Madlib, began collaborating with J Dilla, and the pair formed the group Jaylib in 2002, releasing an album called "Champion Sound" in 2003. After J Dilla relocated from Detroit to LA in 2004, they toured as Jaylib in Spring 2004.

He moved from his native Detroit to Los Angeles to live with his mother after being diagnosed in 2003.
It was later revealed that he suffered from TTP, a rare blood disease, and Lupus, affecting the immune-system. J Dilla's illness and medication caused dramatic weight loss from 2003 onwards, forcing him to publicly confirm speculation about his health in 2004. Despite a slower output of major releases and production credits in 2004-2005, his cult status remained strong within his core audience, as evident by unauthorized circulation of his underground "beat tapes" (instrumental, and raw working materials), mostly through internet file sharing. Articles in music publications URB (March 2004) and XXL (June 2005) confirmed rumors of ill health and hospitalization during this period, but these were downplayed by J himself. The seriousness of his condition became public in November 2005 when J Dilla toured Europe performing from a wheelchair.

His last album released during his lifetime, "Donuts", was released on Stones Throw Records on 7 Feb 2006, Dilla's 32nd birthday, and the first one in year's he didn't spend in hospital. Three days later, on 10 February 2006, he died at his home in LA. According to his mother, Maureen Yancey, the cause was cardiac arrest.

The founding of the James Dewitt Yancey Foundation was announced in May 2006 by his mother Maureen Yancey, to honour her son's legacy and to help raise awareness and funding for Lupus research by organizing continued events to aid underprivileged children gain quality arts training, primarily in the field of music. http://jamesdyanceyfoundation.org

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J Dilla Discography Tracks

Vol.9 J Dilla - Juice CD Vol.9 album art Various Featuring Phat Cat (as Jdilla) Various - Juice CD Vol.9(CD, Comp) Juice Magazin Vol.9 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
RR0030 PROMO CD Various Think Twice and 1 more… Various - The Beat Generation(CD, Comp, Promo, Dou) Rapster Records RR0030 PROMO CD France 2004 Sell This Version
HS70092 J Dilla - Outro Urban (City Grooves, Nu Cool Jazz, Flavas & Street Sounds From Downtown & Suburbs) album art Various Niggaz Know (as J-Dilla) Various - Outro Urban (City Grooves, Nu Cool Jazz, Flavas & Street Sounds From Downtown & Suburbs)(2xCD, Comp, Dig) h.squared2music HS70092 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
Vol. 53 J Dilla - Juice CD Volume 53 album art Various Push (as J. Dilla) Various - Juice CD Volume 53(CD, Comp) Juice Magazin Vol. 53 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
UO 003 J Dilla - Unheard And Un-Released From The Urban Outfitters Playlist, Vol. 3 album art Various Donuts Various - Unheard And Un-Released From The Urban Outfitters Playlist, Vol. 3(CD, Comp) Caroline Distribution UO 003 US 2005 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - Flammable Beats MixTape Vol.II Boombox album art Dj Vinilkin'*, Dj Pirumov, Dj Chagin, Dj Tactics, MC Panda* Niggaz Know Dj Vinilkin'*, Dj Pirumov, Dj Chagin, Dj Tactics, MC Panda* - Flammable Beats MixTape Vol.II Boombox(CD, Comp, P/Mixed) Лев Прав Звук none Russia 2005 Sell This Version
J Dilla - Chrome Children album art Peanut Butter Wolf Nothing Like This Peanut Butter Wolf - Chrome Children (Comp) Stones Throw Records US 2006 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - Best Of 2006 album art Various E = MC2 (as J. Dilla) Various - Best Of 2006(CD, Comp) Undergroundhiphop.com none US 2006 Sell This Version
12 J Dilla - Preemptive Hype Vol. 12 album art Various Workin' On It (as J. Dilla) Various - Preemptive Hype Vol. 12(CD, Comp, Promo, Smplr) Preemptive Hype 12 US 2006 Sell This Version
CAR 22 DMD PROMO 8 J Dilla - Catalog Vs. Catalog Round 2 album art Various Think Twice Various - Catalog Vs. Catalog Round 2(CD, Comp, Promo) Caroline Records CAR 22 DMD PROMO 8 US 2006 Sell This Version
STH 2150 Peanut Butter Wolf Nothing Like This Peanut Butter Wolf - Chrome Children(CD, Comp + DVD) Stones Throw Records STH 2150 Canada 2006 Sell This Version
6 90013 36792 6 Various Lightworks Various - Virgin Recommends 20(CD, Comp, Promo) Virgin 6 90013 36792 6 2006 Sell This Version
GCD106 J Dilla - Groove 106 album art Various Love Various - Groove 106(CD, Comp) Groove Magazine France GCD106 France 2006 Sell This Version
J Dilla - 2K8 B-Ball Zombie War album art Peanut Butter Wolf Light Working and 1 more… Peanut Butter Wolf - 2K8 B-Ball Zombie War (Comp) Stones Throw Records US 2007 Sell This Version
35 J Dilla - Postales Desde El Filo. Las Mejores Canciones Del 2006 album art Various E=Mc2 (featuring Common) Various - Postales Desde El Filo. Las Mejores Canciones Del 2006(CD, Comp) Go Mag 35 Spain 2007 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - PSSST!  Winter 2007 album art Various Nothing Like This Various - PSSST! Winter 2007(CD, Comp, Promo) Filter Magazine none US 2007 Sell This Version
none J Dilla - Assorted Donuts - A Tribute To J Dilla album art Various Won't Do Various - Assorted Donuts - A Tribute To J Dilla(CDr, Comp, Promo) Okayplayer Records none US 2007 Sell This Version
3125962 J Dilla - Nu Hip Hop album art Various Baby Various - Nu Hip Hop(2xCD, Comp) Wagram Music 3125962 France 2007 Sell This Version
XCLUTCD405 J Dilla - Xclusive Hip Hop album art Various Won't Do and 1 more… Various - Xclusive Hip Hop(3xCD, Comp + Box) Union Square Music XCLUTCD405 UK 2007 Sell This Version
J Dilla - ...Mixing album art 4hero* Over The Breaks (as J-Dilla) 4hero* - ...Mixing (Comp) Sonar Kollektiv Germany 2007 Sell This Version
ULTIMBX006 J Dilla - The Ultimate Collection Soul 100 Hits album art Various Dime Piece (Remix) Various - The Ultimate Collection Soul 100 Hits(5xCD, Comp) Union Square Music ULTIMBX006 UK 2008 Sell This Version
DECULT06 J Dilla - The Ultimate Hip Hop Album album art Various Won't Do and 1 more… Various - The Ultimate Hip Hop Album(3xCD, Comp) Decadance UK Recordings Ltd. DECULT06 UK & Europe 2008 Sell This Version
3134362 J Dilla - Cool Tributes Vol.2: Pop Standards Revisited album art Various Think Twice Various - Cool Tributes Vol.2: Pop Standards Revisited(2xCD, Comp) Wagram Music 3134362 France 2008 Sell This Version
DECULT18 J Dilla - The Ultimate Urban Album album art Various Dime Piece and 2 more… Various - The Ultimate Urban Album(3xCD, Comp) Decadance Recordings DECULT18 UK 2008 Sell This Version
METRTCD836 J Dilla - This Is Soul album art Various Dime Piece (Remix) Various - This Is Soul(3xCD, Comp) Metro Triples METRTCD836 Europe 2008 Sell This Version

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rbz

rbz

January 5, 2017
Thank You for everything J Dilla aka Jay Dee.. you are much appreciated..
AskeladdenBlack

AskeladdenBlack

September 30, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
Just like 2 Pac Dilla will release more than 10 times the music after his death then before, without his blessing of course but hey respect went out long ago. Me me me!
plug-in-lust

plug-in-lust

April 1, 2014
Why the page of "jaydee" Is not incorporated into This page "j dilla"? One artist, two list..
Oskamane

Oskamane

September 21, 2013
STILL KING
SlyHolla

SlyHolla

September 20, 2013
Dilla all Day !!
His production catalogue includes classic tracks from : The Pharcyde, Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, Guilty Simpson, Mos Def, De La Soul, Slum Village, Erykah Badu, Jaylib, and many others...
Pure Genius
juancs

juancs

August 24, 2012
no mention to one of the best producers of hiphop ever??? j dilla is the man!

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